Taught course

Contemporary Art Practice

University of Edinburgh · School of Arts, Culture and Environment

Entry requirements

You should hold an honours degree with classification 2:1 or above or an equivalent professional qualification in a related field of study. This programme requires the submission of a portfolio and study proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is taught by Edinburgh College of Art. Since 1 August 2011, Edinburgh College of Art has been part of the University of Edinburgh.

Students on this programme will benefit from studio-based learning in ECA's historic Lauriston Place campus, along with the exhibitions and events associated with a vibrant art college. The art college experience will be complemented by the University's extensive range of student support facilities, its libraries, student societies, and student accommodation.

The Contemporary Art Practice programme encourages practices that are speculative and reflective, supporting work in a range of media.

It is concerned with ways of learning that are experiential - embodied through and understood by the acquisition of a practice.

During the late 20th century, developments within visual art introduced new processes and situations, which resulted in an expanded concept of artistic practice.

Students on the programme produce artworks and projects in a family of media, adapting approaches drawn from an increasingly wide array of subject disciplines. The programme also involves the theoretical study of this family of media and approaches, drawing on related fields and methods.

Media-related disciplines supported by the programme include sculpture, painting and printmaking, photography, a/v and new media. The programme also encompasses approaches to practice that are non media-specific, including intermedia, time-based arts, performance, installation, public art and artwriting.

The purpose-built studios are adaptable, serving both as working studios and project and exhibition spaces. The workshops and foundry provide excellent accommodation for working in wood, metal, mould-making, casting and carving and there are facilities for working with sound, digital imaging and video editing.

The programme develops from a broad to a specialist understanding of the technical resources and validating contexts in which artists work today, drawing inspiration and nourishment from the experience of our international student cohort.

urishment from the experience of our international student cohort.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://wwww.ed.ac.uk/studying/international.

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)131 650 4086